Station hold top spot as competition for play-offs intensifies

For the second week in a row, no teams moved places in the Blyth Valley Pool Association (BVPA) Summer League.

With two weeks remaining, there are six teams still in contention for the top four places

Bebside Inn 4 Percy Arms 8

With the scores tied at 4-4, the Bebside sank the black and the cue-ball to give the Percy the lead, and they then took the next three frames to seal their second victory in the Summer League. Man of the match was Paul Dodds with a hat-trick of wins, while Dale Richardson and Kevin Sams won two from three to help the Percy to victory. Bebside are eighth on 17 points and the Percy seventh with 26 points.

Bedlington Station 8 Annitsford Irish 4

The Station maintained their place at the top with 48 points and their unbeaten record with an 8-4 win in the week’s top fixture. Albert Ridley and Steven Kinghorn were the men of the match with a brace of points each to help secure the victory. The Irish are tied fourth with the Sun Inn A on 34 points.

Sports Youth 5 Sports D 7

The Sports Club derby was another close match with the game being decided on the final frame with Sports D captain Phil Welch sinking a great black to seal the win. The Sports D remain third on 42 points and remain unbeaten. The Sports Youth are ninth on 15 points. Man of the match was Welch with a 100 per cent record from three frames. Team-mate Darren Fletcher secured two wins from three , whilst Carl Turner was star man for the Sports Youth with two wins from three.

Sun Inn A 5 Comrades 7

Another great night of pool with some awesome games saw a match that went to the final frame with two of the top five battling for the play-offs. Neither could be separated after two sets of singles and the Comrades secured the match by winning both Scotch doubles. The victory keeps the Comrades’ unbeaten run going and they stay second on 46 points. The Sun A are fifth with 34 points tied with the Irish. Golden oldie Davy Patterson was man of the match with a hat-trick of wins on the night. Steven and Bob Foggett were also 100 per cent from their two games. Ian Clark with two from three helped secure the victory. Lee Cook was the Sun’s star man with a brace of points.

Wharton Arms 10 Sun Inn B 2

A Bedlington derby saw the Wharton take the bragging rights with their second win of the season. The ten points keep the Wharton sixth on 29 points and they are only five points off a play-off spot with 24 points still to play for. The Sun B are tenth on nine points. Man of the match was the Wharton’s new signing Jamie Spratt with a 100 per cent record from his three frames, which included a break and dish in his first singles and a clearance from a dry break in his second. Christopher Stone also secured a hat-trick of points for the Wharton. Freddy Chambers won a brace of points from his two games. Stu Cavens and Dean Seymour secured the Sun B’s points.

In the Blyth Valley Blackball League, it was down to the final week of group games with a number of teams in each all in with a chance of making the semi-finals.

Group A

Blyth Constitution Club 2 Breakers 10

The Cons Club only needed five points to make the last four, but it was a heartbreak as they lost 10-2 to an inspired Breakers team who started the match in fourth but finished top with 31 points. Breakers won all three sets, the first two 3-1 and the final set 4-0. Stevie Smith and Andy Bell were the men of the match with three wins each. Norman Martin and Chris Railton won the Cons Club’s points.

New Hartley 7 Waterloo Club 5

New Hartley secured second spot and a place in the semi-finals with a competitive 7-5 win against the Waterloo Club. No team won more than one set of singles. The first set was a draw, then New Hartley took the second 4-0 only for Waterloo to take the last 3-1. New Hartley remain the only undefeated team in the Summer League. The Waterloo Club finished fifth with 16 points. Martin Wannop and Steve Palgrave won two points each for New Hartley and Gary Hetherington also took two points for the Waterloo Club.

Isabella Pub B were in top spot from the previous week with 28 points, but had their bye and could only watch to see how the results panned out. Unfortunately they missed out on the semi’s as scores elsewhere ensured they finished third.

In Group B, The United Services had 30 points at the top but sat out this week’s fixtures with their bye and were not mathematically guaranteed a top two finish. But results did go their way and they finished second.

North Blyth Club 7, Waterloo Pub A 5.

North Blyth missed out on the last four by a point after a competitive home game with the Waterloo A. The visitors took the first set 4-0, effectively dashing North Blyth hopes of a top two finish, but in a see-saw match, the North Blyth won the second set 3-1 and the final set 4-0 to seal the match. Unfortunately results elsewhere meant that North Blyth finished third with 29 points and the Waterloo A fourth with 20 points. Ian Rainey, Paul Hedley and Dean Reay all secured a brace of points for the North Blyth Club, whilst Tinka Hinson was the star player for the Waterloo with two wins.

Isabella A 3 Waterloo Pub B 9

The victory secured top spot in the group for the Waterloo B with 33 points.The first set was tied 2-2, but the Waterloo took the second 4-0 and the final set 3-1 to seal the win. Ryan Wigham was the man of the match with a hat-trick of points. The Isabella finished fifth with 18 points.

The semi-finals will be played on Thursday, August 30, at Breakers Bar in Bedlington. The draw will be done on the night.